Asian stock markets rose Thursday after a late-day surge on Wall Street, while the resignation of Steve Jobs - the force behind Apple Inc. - sent ripples through the technology sector.
Oil prices hovered above $85 a barrel in Asia. The dollar rose against the euro but dropped against the yen.
Asian markets got a boost from U.S. data showing a surge in demand for cars and planes in July that offered an unexpectedly upbeat sign of life in the world's biggest economy.
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 2 percent to 8,815.13. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was 1.5 percent higher to 19,762.86 as strong half-year earnings from China National Offshore Oil Corp. and Bank of China Ltd. on Wednesday boosted sentiment.
South Korea's Kospi jumped 1.6 percent to 1,782.97 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.2 percent to 4,217. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia, India and Thailand were also higher.